When the Phillies play the Cubs at Citizen’s Bank Park August 25-27, both teams are going to look very different.
In a joint venture by the MLB and the MLBPA, the first “Players Weekend” has been announced, giving players a vastly different look and the ability to use nicknames on the backs of their jerseys.
First, the look.
More reserved than some of the other MLB teams, the Phillies will be in these home white jerseys with a large Phillies 'P', while the Cubs will sport a two-toned blue with a large Cubs logo.
The hat is a bit more of a deviation from the normal look.
The hat the Phillies will wear for Players Weekend is red with a baby blue Liberty Bell, which will likely be a big hit at the team store that weekend.
Here’s how all 32 teams will look in their new uniforms.
Finally, perhaps the biggest change of the weekend is that players will be able to wear nicknames across the back of their jerseys. Diego Ettedgui Lacau, communications representative and Spanish interpreter for the Phillies provided this sneak peek at the names the Phillies picked to appear on the backs of their jerseys.
Some players, Nola and Nava, chose to keep things classic with their last name, but others, really got creative with their names. Aaron Altherr appears to pay homage to the famous Key & Peele Substitute Teacher skit with A-Aron, Nick Williams will be known as Nicky Dubs and Ricardo Pinto shall be known as Pinto Bean. Others like Odubel Herrera, Andres Blanco and Tommy Joseph chose names we are familiar with as they went with Torito, Whitey and Tojo.
Players will also be able to customize their cleats and bats throughout the weekend, so there’s sure to be a lot of interesting looks out on Major League diamonds that weekend.
Updated: 7:32 p.m.
Hold up, wait a minute!
Meek Mill is out of prison. And it’s just in time for him to get to the Wells Fargo Center before tonight’s Game 5.
Oh, and by the way, he has arrived. He will also be the pregame bell ringer, chief executive officer Scott O'Neil said on NBC Sports Philadelphia's Sixers Pregame Live.
What did Mill do upon getting his freedom back? He posted about the Sixers of course.
Mill was officially released after spending the last several months in prison. In November, he was sentenced for two to four years for violating the terms of his probation.
Comedian and Philly guy Kevin Hart, along with Sixers minority owner Michael Rubin, confirmed Mill was getting out.
During the Eagles’ improbable Super Bowl run, Mill’s song “Dreams and Nightmares” became the unofficial anthem of the team. The Eagles even used it as their entrance music in the postseason and it became a staple of postgame locker room celebrations.
The Sixers are up in their series against the Heat, 3-1, and can finish the series tonight (8 p.m./NBCSP).
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown once famously called a young Joel Embiid's skills comparable to "Shaquille [O'Neal] with soccer feet."
Embiid put those soccer skills on display in a video for Bleacher Report in which he takes on one of the NBA's most famous soccer players, Steve Nash. You can read more about the latter's interest in futbol here.
The pair compete in an interesting game that looks like a riff on ping-pong but with a soccer ball they juggle. The rules seem pretty lax, as Nash asks Joel at one point why he's serving on points the former Sun won.
The highlight is clearly an Embiid header that is basically a spike.
In the end, it looks like Nash got the better of the Sixers' big man. All fun and games and pocket change for these two.
Previously: Joel Embiid shows off sick footwork, ball skills (in soccer)